Archived Webinars

AASL offers online learning opportunities to meet the needs of busy school library professional. This collection contains archives of AASL webinars, recorded concurrent sessions from AASL national conferences, and national institute presentations. Online professional development available through eCOLLAB is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Making & Amplifying Educator Connections through the AASL Standards

Why are connections with educators so essential to school librarians? Participants delve into the National School Library Standards and available resources to make authentic and purposeful connections with educators. Participants create action plans to help them plan, record, and amplify the results of their connections.

Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will identify starting points to create educator connections through the National School Library Standards.
  • Participants will develop an action plan for making connections and amplifying their results to inspire more connections with other educators. 


Making & Assessing Learner Connections through the AASL Standards

Elizabeth Burns, member of the AASL Standards editorial board, leads a guided tour into the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. This highly informative session investigates the application of the framework in library lessons. She discusses designing and enhancing learner experiences using the Shared Foundations and learner Competencies in the National School Library Standards. Participants are also introduced to student assessment opportunities provided through the AASL Standards.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain familiarity with the AASL Standards Framework for Learners.
  • Consider authentic strategies for implementation of the Learner Framework. 
  • Identify ways the AASL Standards can support learning and assessment. 


Your State Association Supporting AASL Standards for Your Local Context

How are AASL’s Affiliate state organizations supporting school librarians as they implement the National School Library Standards? The standards require school librarians to reflect on local conditions, practice, and student learning. While the document requires a great deal of self-reflection and a growth mindset, no one has to do this alone. What are state affiliates already doing or planning to do to help their state’s school librarians make a difference for learners using the new AASL Standards? Presenters feature several affiliates’ plans and on-going activities.

Learning Outcomes

  • The participant will be informed how the AASL Affiliate Structure supports implementation of the AASL Standards.
  • The participant will examine several PD plans developed for different conditions, such as summer institutes, annual conferences, and other state initiatives.
  • The participant will learn the value of collaborative learning and will commit to reaching out beyond the school to partner with other school librarians.
  • The participant will identify available opportunities to make a personal learning plan.


AASL Standards and Advocacy Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Presenters Megan Cusick and Judy Deichman highlight the National School Library Standards as a platform for strategic advocacy in your learning communities. This webinar provides concrete steps and actions to advocate for your learners and school library utilizing resources from ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy, the AASL Standards Portal, and the National School Library Standards publication.


Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library

Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objective: Learner Competencies
Participants will examine the role of competencies within the six Shared Foundations as a continuum on which school librarians and school libraries empower learners to master competencies in the domains of Think, Create, Share, and Grow.

Learning Objective: School Librarian Competencies
Participants will explore how the school librarian competencies parallel those of the learner, and emphasize the integrated nature of a comprehensive learning environment.

Learning Objective: School Library Competencies
Participants will recognize the school library as an environment for learners and school librarians to develop competence and achieve mastery relating to educational content and tools.

Learning Objective: Assessment/Evaluation of Competencies
Participants will recognize the importance of the assessment and evaluations processes as described in the NSLS that measure progress toward competency for learners, school librarians, and the school library. 

  • Susan D. Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/USNH
  • Sara Kelly Johns, Online Instructor, Syracuse University iSchool

A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program

This webinar will empower participants add diverse titles to their collection through awards, lists, websites and social media. Additionally, participants will explore programming ideas and instructional activities for engaging diverse students and parents and ways of incorporating instructional technology. Participants will begin by reviewing a definition of diversity and the American Library Association’s Bill of rights. They will then delve into using keyword searches as a method of analyzing their collection for diversity. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their circulation and fines policies, hours of operation as a means of promoting diversity. They will be encouraged to consider how the Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress Subject Headings may or may not support diverse collections. Various web based applications such as Biblionasium, Bookopolis and Goodreads, to name a few, will be presented.

  • Participants will analyze their collection to determine if diversity is present.
  • Participants will scrutinize their school library program policies to determine if they support diversity.
  • Participants will locate publishers, lists and specific titles to add to their collections.

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Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers

Participants will examine the National School Library Standards to mine shareable concepts for discussions with local school and/or state policymakers in order to inform them about the National School Library Standards and to advocate for standards adoption in their district or state. Use the AASL Message Box and learn how to frame conversations that will garner support for standards adoption.

Learning Outcomes

Common Beliefs: The Why

Objective: Participants will examine the six Common Beliefs and develop an understanding of these core principles that empower learners through school libraries.    

Shared Foundations: What does this do for Learners?

Objective: Participants will explore the six Shared Foundations and their implications for teaching and learning as they relate to the total school landscape and how they support the goals of local school administrators and state policymakers.

Standards Frameworks: How does this look in practice?

Objective: Presenters will share how frameworks are integrated and what they should see in practice. (3 examples)

Message Box: How is a customized message different from talking points?

Objective: Presenters will demonstrate how to use the School Libraries Transform Learning Message Box to craft messages for stakeholders.

Call to Action: Next Steps for Engaging with Policymakers


  • Craft a message that can be shared with school and/or state policymakers.
  • Craft a communications plan/messaging plan.
  • Develop a local- or state-specific social media outreach campaign to continue sharing information, resources, and innovations.

  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
  • Kathryn Roots Lewis, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education

Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership

Librarians are leaders. Join Jeanie Phillips and Ellen McNair, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they unpack critical aspects of instructional leadership. We’ll talk about aligning your superpowers as a librarian with the new standards and the needs of your school community. We will collaborate to discover opportunities, strategies, and leverage points, so you can flex your instructional muscles to impact your entire school community.

Learning Goals:

  • To familiarize yourself with leadership opportunities in the AASL Standards.
  • To consider instructional leadership strategies related to our role in implementing in the AASL Standards.
  • To identify important leverage points of instructional leadership in your library program.

  • Ellen L. McNair, Librarian, Centreville High School
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Tips and Tricks: mysimpleshow DIY Explainer Video Creator

During this webinar, Emily Cleary, Content Marketing Manager for mysimpleshow, will share simple tips and tricks on how to use mysimpleshow. Emily will introduce the tool and how it works, and then provide insider tips and tricks on how to make your mysimpleshow experience even simpler than it already is. These insider tips include efficient writing through explanation, best practices for visualization, which templates work well for specific purposes, and how to use each feature to make your video even better!

At the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Understand how to write a captivating script that gets the message across within a word count
  2. Learn how each visualization feature can contribute to greater understanding of their content
  3. Know how to better use mysimpleshow to create engaging DIY videos

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The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources

AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.

Learning Goals:

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Gain familiarity with the AASL web portal for national school library standards.
  2. Discover support resources for the implementation of national school library standards.

  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education